Saying I was excited to read WHAT’S LEFT OF ME is an understatement. I was dying to read it! I loved the concept (two souls in one body? No way!) and the fact that the author is a teen who sold to HarperCollins – does it get any more exciting?! I waited impatiently for my library to place the anticipated book in my trembling hands. I gobbled it up in 2 days flat.
And, because we’re awesome, we have Kat Zhang coming to do an interview later on this month! (WOW.) To throw the awesomeness up a notch higher, you could also win a copy of WHAT’S LEFT OF ME at the end of the month. Too cool, eh?
Since this is out first spotlight of the party, I’ll explain a bit. We’re not doing traditional reviews (though we’ll leave links to goodreads or shelfari where you can read our full reviews). Instead, we’re going to talk about a part of the book we adored (plot, characters, themes, concept, amount of chocolate mentioned etc).
Unfortunately, What’s Left of Me had a serious lack of chocolate. But we’ll move on.
My favourite aspect?
Freshness in YA is definitely something to pounce on. There are so many YA books, and so many authors, a lot of cool concepts get redone and redone (I’m not saying badly, I’m just saying “a lot”). But I’ve never read anything like this one.
Addie and Eva are hybrids — two souls in one body. It’s a pretty funky idea. Instead of you being, well, just you, there’s two of you inside the one body. I guess it puts we’re on the same wave-length on a whole new level, right? In the book, Eva is the recessive soul. She’s supposed to “settle” (meaning: die off) while Addie should turn into a normal girl with one-mind-inside her.
It’s YA. Nothing happens like it’s supposed to.
As Eva gets weaker and Addie gains full control of their body, Eva ends up being (literally) trapped inside her own head. She sees, hears, feels, thinks — but can’t do. She can communicate with Addie, but that’s it. Fascinating, right? It’s almost like your life is sitting and watching a window, and you can’t control what you see. Possibilites are endless.
You know, this is one thing I love about YA. Authors test out weird and wonderful ideas, invent new realities, and flip the typical.
You can read my full review here.
Okay! Your turn! Tell me about a book concept you totally fell in love with. Name a book…or five!(And what do you think of What’s Left of Me? Anyone read it?)
Tuesday kicks off our first party game! Trust me, you want to join in. When our giveaways roll round, there are extra points if you’ve played our games.
Not sure what this party thing is? Find out here.
And did you catch our interview with Rachel Coker? It. Was. Brilliant.